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Kansas State University

Coordinator for Graduate Studies
228 Coles Hall,
Kansas State University,
Kansas-66506, USA.

Coles Hall

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Physiology, administered by the Department of Anatomy and Physiology.

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Graduate Program

Program of study

The Department of Anatomy and Physiology offers opportunities for graduate studies leading to both MS and PhD degrees. Cardiopulmonary physiology, immunophysiology, neuroscience and pharmacology are the major themes of research of the department. Specific areas of interest include comparative exercise physiology, food animal immunophysiology, molecular biology of membranes, mechanisms of stress phenomena, molecular genetics and gene mapping, neural control of cardiovascular function and pathophysiology of microcirculation. Faculty from other departments comprise a strong ancillary support group. Career options available with an advanced degree in anatomy or physiology include academic positions in various animal and human health science-related institutions such as Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as positions in industry and agribusiness.


To be admitted with full standing, the applicant must have an average of B or better in the junior and senior years, a bachelor's or veterinary medical degree from an approved institution, and adequate undergraduate preparation in the proposed field.

For the master of science degree, applicants must complete a minimum of 30 hours of credit, which includes 6 to 8 hours of research credit. Applicants with a bachelor's degree who are concurrently pursuing a DVM degree may apply 12 hours from relevant courses toward both the master's and DVM degrees if the grades in these courses are adequate. Applicants already possessing the DVM degree can likewise select 12 hours from the professional curriculum to be applied toward the MS degree.

For the PhD degree, 90 semester hours of graduate study beyond the bachelor's degree are required, including at least 30 hours of research. For DVM candidates, if 12 hours of dual credit has not been applied to the master of science degree, it may be applied toward the PhD.

Application procedure

Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are due May 1. However, students applying for financial support and international students are encouraged to apply by February 1. Teaching and research assistantships are awarded on the basis of merit, using many of the same criteria used for admission decisions. All students offered admission are considered for financial support.

For additional information please contact:
Erin Moore
Department of Anatomy and Physiology
Kansas State University
228 Coles Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-5802
Phone 785-532-4502
FAX 785-532-4557

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